The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, the largest private funder of children’s cancer research, will host one of its signature head-shaving events aptly named, “Shavin’ Heads and Savin’ Babies,” at The Wing Café and Tap House (East Lake Shopping Center, 2145 Roswell Road in East Cobb) on March 24. More than 50 shavees will shave their heads to raise money for lifesaving childhood cancer research.

Every 2 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and in the U.S. one in five kids diagnosed won’t survive. Those who do survive often suffer long-term effects from treatments too harsh for their developing bodies. As the largest private funder of childhood cancer research grants, St. Baldrick’s is leading the charge to take childhood back from cancer. From its beginnings, St. Baldrick’s has believed that kids deserve the chance to be kids – fun-loving, carefree, refreshingly honest, and always a little goofy – and deserve the chance at a healthy future. That’s why donations raised at events like this have made it possible for St. Baldrick’s to fund more than $232 million to support the best childhood cancer research, wherever it takes place.

The Shavin’ Heads and Savin’ Babies event will include honored families, childhood cancer survivors, local public safety heroes, a DJ, a cornhole tournament, and some great food and drinks. There will be raffle and silent auction items as additional means of raising funds for those that don’t want to shave, but still would like to support the cause. There will be children’s activities as well.

This specific event was the brainchild of four local firefighters who decided six years ago, after participating in other head shave events, to start their own head shave event here in Cobb County. The event has grown with each passing year and has generated more than $109,000 since they started in 2013.

For more information about this fundraiser, contact Brad Blakeney at or 770-634-4561.

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This article originally appeared in the March issue of the EAST COBBER magazine, on pages 44. Click here to view the digital edition.